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21 January 2010

The Future of Energy heads to London as business thrives

The UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, spoke at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi on Monday to highlight the UK’s leading role in meeting the global challenge of combating climate change with renewable energy.

With over 9,000 international business leaders and politicians attending the Summit on the opening day, this event has once again provided a platform for debate and finding solutions within the growing renewable and alternative energy market place.

The UK government will be developing an even closer relationship with the Future Energy series of events as the next event moves to London in October. The European Future Energy Forum 2010, in association with Masdar, will be taking place in ExCeL London, October 19/21 and will be the fifth event in the series since the initiative was launched in 2008.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband said:
“The European Future Energy Forum , which we’ll be hosting in London in October, is an opportunity to show the world the huge strides we’re taking in the UK to develop renewable and low carbon technologies. It will help bring businesses together to identify investment opportunities as we develop the low carbon energy supply we need.”

Ed Miliband took time to visit Masdar’s stand at the Summit and met with CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber, who has been instrumental in the development of the Future Energy debate, as Abu Dhabi continues to emerge as a leading hub in the renewable energy field.

“We now look forward to building on this platform in the UK in October” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar. “We will take the opportunity to share knowledge, advance solutions and explore partnerships within a European market.”

The cutting edge conference in London will build on the discussions in Abu Dhabi this week with special focus on necessary requirements both financially and in terms of infrastructure to enable projects to move forward. A first glimpse of the planned programme includes sessions raising questions such as ‘Where is the money coming from?’ and ‘how do we bridge the technology gap?’

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The European Future Energy Forum is an initiative developed with Masdar (Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted, multi-billion dollar investment in the development and commercialisation of innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies) and part of the Future Energy Event series of events that includes the World Future Energy Summit held annually in Abu Dhabi.

The first European Future Energy Forum was launched with great success in 2009 in Bilbao, Spain and saw 3,638 attendees from 43 countries worldwide attend. The format of the event is based on creating a vibrant environment where high-level debate can take place on through a large conference platform, as well as knowledge exchanging workshops, small round table discussions and international networking and business meetings.

The content of EFEF2010 will cover:
• European Policy
• Investment and funding
• Green buildings
• Clean transport
• Solar photovoltaic
• Solar thermal
• Wind
• Biofuels
• Ocean power
• Geothermal
• Waste to energy
• Fuel cells
• Carbon management
• Environment strategy
• Nuclear
• Hydroelectric Power
This event brings together businesses and organisations that have solutions and opportunities for the global renewable energy and environmental technology market with large international investors and government decision makers.

For further information see www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com